Photo Flash: Prospect Theater Company Presents ONE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND ONE DAY
One Thousand Nights and One Day (www.ProspectTheater.org) a new musical with book and lyrics by Jason Grote (1001; Shostakovich, or Silence), music by Marisa Michelson (Tamar Of The River, Naamah's Ark),and directed by Erin Ortman (For The Love Of; The Wading Pool), will play at the ART/NY Mezzanine Theatre (502 West 53rd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues), it was announced today by Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director of the Prospect Theater Company. Performances for the limited engagement begin April 4 and opening night is set for April 15.One Thousand Nights and One Day is based on the play 1001 by Jason Grote.
In mythic Persia, a daring young woman spins tales to save the kingdom and her life. In modern-day New York, a Jewish man and Palestinian woman fight to find love in a fractured world. This world premiere musical, adapted from Jason Grote's critically-acclaimed play 1001, reinvents "The Arabian Nights," colliding the contemporary and the ancient. Through a genre-bending score, it questions past and present images of the Middle East, exploring the power of story in our everyday lives.
One Thousand Nights and One Day features Sepideh Moafi ("The Deuce", "Falling Water"), Ben Steinfeld (Fiasco Theatre Company's Into the Woods), Ashkon Davaran (The Great Comet - Ars Nova), Layan Elwazani (We Live In Cairo - NAMT Festival), Chad Goodridge (Passing Strange), Gabriella Pérez (Anything Goes National Tour), and Graham Stevens (Peter and the Starcatcher). Further casting will be announced shortly.
One Thousand Nights and One Day features choreography by Karla Garcia (Regional: In The Heights; currently performing in Hamilton), scenic design by Jason Ardizzone-West (The Royale, Illyria), costume design by Becky Bodurtha (The Strangest; The Wife), lighting design by Carolyn Wong (This Was Written In Water; The Oracle) and sound design by Jeremy J. Lee (Tamar of the River; Broadway Associate: Superior Doughnuts; Mary Stuart). Kurt Crowley (currently the musical director/conductor of Hamilton on Broadway) serves as musical director and co-orchestrator with Marisa Michelson.
Performances for One Thousand Nights and One Day are Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday at 7PM,Thursday at 8PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM and 8PM (no matinee April 7), and Sunday at2PM (April 8 there is an added 7PM Sunday show, April 15 the matinee is at 5PM). Single Tickets are $25 - $55, with special rates available to Prospect Members. Tickets can be purchased by visiting: www.ProspectTheater.org or calling 212-352-3101.
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One Thousand Nights and One Daybeen developed with the support of New Dramatists, Montclair State University's New Works Initiative, Theatreworks Palo Alto, the York Theatre Company, and the Weston Playhouse.
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA's first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Prospect Theater Company for One Thousand Nights and One Day. The Art Works category is the NEA's largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
One Thousand Nights and One Day has received additional leadership support from the Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund.
Karla Puno Garcia - background J. Anaya T. McMahon S. Moafi
Layan Elwazani - Chad Goodridge - J. Anaya and company
Karla Puno Garcia and Layan Elwazani
Ben Steinfeld and Sepideh Moafi - background L. Elwazani and company
Chad Goodridge - background L to R - G. Perez, L. Elwazani, S. Moafi